My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I wrote the following awhile back, and it has been published on the back cover of this book.
Some of us, after having immersed ourselves in the Trivium, thanks to Dorothy Sayers’s essay and many other wonderful resources, have found ourselves wondering, What else? We know there are seven liberal arts, including the Quadrivium, and we don’t know exactly what to do with these other four, where to go next. Clark and Jain’s The Liberal Arts Tradition has the answers, and provides them in a clear, concise, non-partisan way. If you are wondering, What else? then this is one resource you need to have on your bookshelf.
I still agree. In fact, my initial comments on the book don’t even do the book justice. Clark and Jain tackle, and tackle well, not only the Trivium and Quadrivium, but that which precedes them in the educational process. Then, they take you beyond all of that and into the realm of the natural sciences, natural philosophy, philosophy, and theology. They do all of this with sound reasoning, appeals to pedagogical principles and history, and clear examples. They beg, without pandering, Christians to recover what still lacks in classical, Christian education.
If I had a complaint, and I don’t, it would be that the book is too short. It is filled with footnotes that I would have liked to see be worked into the text itself, but the book was meant to be a beginning to a larger conversation and that demanded the format we now have.
Classical, Christian educators need to read this book.